Lawrence, MA Man Sentenced For Conspiring To Sell "Crack"
CONCORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE- Rafael Benitez, 45, of Lawrence, Massachusetts, was sentenced in United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire to 150 months in prison following his conviction for conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute and the unlawful distribution of more than 280 grams of cocaine base (“crack”), announced United States Attorney John P. Kacavas.
Benitez was the head of a drug organization which distributed quantities of crack throughout the Drum Hill area of Chelmsford/Lowell, MA and in Nashua, New Hampshire during the last five years. Benitez’s organization delivered cocaine base crack to customers in Nashua, NH using “runners” to sell the drugs in and around the Pheasant Lane Mall.
The investigation was conducted by the United States Attorney’s Office, the United States Drug Enforcement Administration’s High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force, the United States Postal Inspection Service, the Nashua, New Hampshire Police Department, and the Lowell, Massachusetts Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Jennifer Cole Davis and Seth R. Aframe.